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Minor 7th, May 2016

The Brasil Guitar Duo could not be better vehicle to deliver this artistically demanding music. …Throughout the recording the duo seamlessly executes even the most challenging passages; however, they never lose focus of the inherent beauty of the elegant compositions they are covering. …“Leo Brouwer Music for Two Guitars” is an adventurous collection of inventive compositions played at an extraordinary level, and is highly recommended for discerning listeners of contemporary music. © 2016 Minor 7th Read complete review, March 2016

…João Luiz and Douglas Lora throw themselves into these very different works with enthusiasm throughout, and their high level of skill and fine instrumental interplay are evident in all five of these pieces. © 2016 Read complete review

Kenneth Keaton
American Record Guide, March 2016

The Brasil Duo—João Luis and Douglas Lora—is a very fine ensemble. Their technical command and imagination are as strong as Presti and Lagoya, the Great Duo of the mid-20th Century. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Jed Distler, February 2016

The Brasil Guitar Duo offers vivacious, sensitive, clear, carefully balanced, and splendidly engineered performances that are technically impeccable and stylistically right on the money. A most enjoyable and stimulating release, and not just for guitar fans. © 2016 Read complete review

Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), February 2016

The widely ranging, innovative work of prolific Cuban composer and former concert guitarist Leo Brouwer is featured on this album by the Brasil Guitar Duo. Subtle allusions to dance styles, virtuosity and rhythms referencing Cuban folk music highlight these exciting pieces that include the special sonorities of Per suonare a due to the international voyage in the four-movement Sonata de Los Viajeros. © 2016 WFMT (Chicago)

Phillip Scott
Fanfare, February 2016

This well-structured, fascinating program is played with understanding and immaculate precision by the Brasil Guitar Duo: João Luiz and Douglas Lora. …this disc is a winner. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, October 2015

We get a sweet assortment of pieces of this kind on the Naxos Music for Two Guitars…played with true artistry by the Brasil Guitar Duo…

…this is exquisite music for guitars and the Brasil Guitar Duo have taken great care to realize the music in beautifully idiomatic performances.

…the album at hand will give you a great deal of fine music to dwell within…It is golden. And for the Naxos price? Worth every penny, but also not that many pennies, either! © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2015

Born in Havana in 1939, Leo Brouwer has become one of the very few Cuban classical composers gaining international recognition in a wide range of music. He was still a teenager when, having established himself as an outstanding guitarist, he moved to the United States to study composition at Juilliard School, his return to Havana leading to an appointment as professor of composition at the Havana Conservatory. Initially influenced by the music of Cage, Nono and Henze at the cutting edge of modernity, his catalogue of compositions includes a number of large-scale orchestral works, though he is principally known for his solo guitar pieces and a handful for guitar duo. Starting out in the 1950’s, Triptico is a technical showpiece that flits between tonality and atonality, the final Toccata creating a display of intricate interaction between the performers. In homage to Darius Milhaud, the Micro piezas opens in the Second Viennese School and ends with variations on the French children’s song, Frere Jacques. Jump forward fifteen years and we are deep into his world of atonality with Per suonare a due, Brouwer exploring guitar sonorities that are often brutal of texture. We end, via the brief Musica Incidental Campesina, with the disc’s most extended work Sonata de Los Viajeros (Sonata of the Travellers) composed in 2009. We have here returned to the world of 21st century listener-friendly tonality, each of the four movements arriving in a different part of the world opening in the frozen north, and having visited Bach in Leipzig, concludes with a vivacious picture of Cuba. The much acclaimed young Brasil Guitar Duo are technically superb, their playing so clean cut, and they are obviously dedicated Brouwer champions. Outstanding sound from the Canadian studio. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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